Mexicans in Minnesota

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From the colorful supermercados of St. Paul's West Side to the rural communities of the Red River Valley, Mexican Americans have left an indelible mark on Minnesota's landscape. As one of the state's fastest-growing ethnic groups, Mexican Americans have been part of Minnesota's history since the early years of the last century. The history of Mexicans in the Midwest has been, more than any other group of immigrants, a history of working-class people. Railroads, heavy industry, meat packing, and sugar beet ...

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Mexicans In Minnesota

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Overview

From the colorful supermercados of St. Paul's West Side to the rural communities of the Red River Valley, Mexican Americans have left an indelible mark on Minnesota's landscape. As one of the state's fastest-growing ethnic groups, Mexican Americans have been part of Minnesota's history since the early years of the last century. The history of Mexicans in the Midwest has been, more than any other group of immigrants, a history of working-class people. Railroads, heavy industry, meat packing, and sugar beet production all offered jobs for Mexicans who first came to the region not in search of a better life and permanent homes, but to work. Welcomed as migrant workers even as they were shunned for being different from the state's dominant Northern European ethnic groups, Mexican Americans have grown deep roots in the state's urban neighborhoods and rural towns. They have sustained a wide range of community, religious, and cultural institutions and introduced traditional foods and conjunto music to their new communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873515207
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: People of Minnesota Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,199,949
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dionicio Valdes teaches history at Michigan State University. He is the author of Barrios Nortenos: St. Paul and Midwestern Mexican Communities in the Twentieth Century and Al Norte: Agricultural Workers in the Great Lakes Region, 1917-1970.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bill Holm Mexicans in Minnesota Labor and Migration Agriculture and Rural Business The Big City The Chicano Movement and Farm Workers Urban Reform The Rural World Urban Barrios Cultural Expressions and Tension Organizational Responses Personal Account: For Further Reading Notes Index

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